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    Have a look at Piet Smiths website and PowerPoint...

    Have a look at Piet Smiths website and PowerPoint presentations . He has done these demos at just about every conference of the Association of Woodturners of South Africa (AWSA)
    POWER POINTS |...
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    Are the PDF's still available ?

    Are the PDF's still available ?
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    You have almost a direct copy of the Oneway...

    You have almost a direct copy of the Oneway Wolverine sharpening jig.
    Go to the Oneway site and download the Wolverine/varigrind manual and you will find all the settings you need.

    ONEWAY...
  4. Look at the bark, the bark is shown on the edge...

    Look at the bark, the bark is shown on the edge of the pages I copied, and there is a marked difference between the two species, and smaller leaves
    I have also found the Apic is "redder" in the lots...
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    Sorry last page inverted455000
  6. 454996Acacia2454997454998454999 Here are a...

    454996Acacia2454997454998454999
    Here are a couple of pages from the book "Guide to Properties and Uses of Southern African Wood" It is a book well worthwhile getting hold of as it covers some 150...
  7. will do. One of the problems is that the locals...

    will do. One of the problems is that the locals use the same name for both trees. Umbondwe-omnyama. The bark is different and the flowers as well. Apiculatum is a smaller tree, I have got my...
  8. Hi Acacia2 If that is Hardekool, ( Leadwood,...

    Hi Acacia2
    If that is Hardekool, ( Leadwood, Combretum Imberbe), it doesn't finish very well. It has a dull flat finish. However if you get C. Apiculatum , Rooibos then the finish comes up...
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    Have a look at a site with Metric and Imperial...

    Have a look at a site with Metric and Imperial belts. My Nova 16/44 has a 230J belt which is not listed on the Rydell list but is easily available here in South Africa as the 584J poly Vee belt and...
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    Hi Neil It is not African Blackwood. The lighter...

    Hi Neil
    It is not African Blackwood. The lighter sapwood is white not the yellow of smiife's piece. As you said can't see why Ebony trees wouldn't have burls. But it would probably be infested...
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    Hi smiife We have two trees called African Ebony...

    Hi smiife
    We have two trees called African Ebony , firstly the Gabon Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora this is the typical very dark black wood from the West African rain Forests . Then there is...
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    Do you know the name species of the tree? Nice...

    Do you know the name species of the tree?
    Nice work
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    Mango Wood . Is it Poisonous?

    Hi Guys
    Just had a query on a local FB Forum (S African group) on the suitability of Mango wood for food serving. Bowl and or cutting board. Some came back with it as a No-No as it is poisonous....
  14. Saw the picture of the Privet grinder you made on...

    Saw the picture of the Privet grinder you made on facebook. (Midland Guild) Yes the handle is much improved. Will have to get one from Piet
  15. Colin , better make sure you get rid of all the...

    Colin , better make sure you get rid of all the Sneezewood dust before you make your first cup, or else it could be an explosive cup if the dust gets up your nose. lovely wood to turn
  16. Colin , I have only seen the Barista one which...

    Colin , I have only seen the Barista one which Piet or rather Charlie demo'd at AWSA last year. I bought a barista but haven't made it yet. They were designed for fitting to a "plastic" casting and...
  17. have a look at Piet Smith's website together with...

    have a look at Piet Smith's website together with his ppt presentations. he is the local agent here in South Africa
    https://www.peppermills.co.za/
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    If you have a look at Steve Jones "Mr Woodturner"...

    If you have a look at Steve Jones "Mr Woodturner" on Facebook honing is unnecessary. He uses his skew straight off the grindstone. A pink 100 grit I think. An he is very professional. I don't hone...
  19. have been using Abranet for years now (since '09)...

    have been using Abranet for years now (since '09) think its great. Works well for hand sanding , power sanding etc. Works a charm for wet sanding t(then it was designed for wet sanding in the...
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    Al Stirt a US turner who demonstrated at the AWSA...

    Al Stirt a US turner who demonstrated at the AWSA congress here in South Africa uses sheer scrapers a lot. A pdf of his angles (looks about 60/70 deg) is available on his website
    Student Resources...
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    turn walls to thickness of about 10% of...

    turn walls to thickness of about 10% of diameter, AND base should also be of similar thickness. I find biggest cause of cracking is when walls and base are of different thickness because then you...
  22. I have been using a slow speed grinder with the...

    I have been using a slow speed grinder with the Oneway Wolverine/Varigrind since 2000. It works a treat. Two bits of advice about using it, for the sweptback bowl gouges choose one position and lock...
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    I/we (wife and I) each have a Trend airshield. It...

    I/we (wife and I) each have a Trend airshield. It is light enough and wearable . We tend to turn with a faceshiels and a Dust-be-gone masks. and Sand with the trends. I had the bunch who repack...
  24. You will probably need a couple as a Jet...

    You will probably need a couple as a Jet extension will only give you 30/36" and he wants 64"
  25. Make a wooden one, have a look at Lumber jocks...

    Make a wooden one, have a look at Lumber jocks for an idea https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/lydlctg.jpg
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    A friend got hold of some replaceable TC inserts...

    A friend got hold of some replaceable TC inserts for these new spiral planer /jointer thicknesser cutter heads. Apparently they cost a couple of dollars each. He is happy with them.
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    I looked into this a few years ago and all the...

    I looked into this a few years ago and all the answers came back "..same as a dovetail" . ie you are putting two dovetail tenons back to back with the slopes as for hardwood . Also the grain must run...
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    Its a great habit to cultivate, especially when...

    Its a great habit to cultivate, especially when you reverse a blank (after turning the outside) to hollow out the inside, then it is easier to touchup the outside left handed . especially with the...
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    He is a great demonstrator, we had him as the...

    He is a great demonstrator, we had him as the lead demonstrator in our 2009 AWSA congress here in south Africa Enjoy
  30. If you look at the Varigrind/Wolverine Ernie is...

    If you look at the Varigrind/Wolverine Ernie is using in that book, you can see all the pieces/edges etc roughly ground away. It is the original trial varigrind that was being used /developed / and...
  31. This is a copy of the Oneway Varigrind or rather...

    This is a copy of the Oneway Varigrind or rather the Oneway is a based on the King Hepple. Ernie Conover was involved with the design and I cant remember which one came first.
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    Peter Have a look at someone using a metal...

    Peter
    Have a look at someone using a metal lathe. The swarf comes off and changes colour to a deep blue (ie heat treatmnet) even with plenty coolant. Also ask any machinist to show you the burn...
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    Smiife, give superglue a try. I was skeptical...

    Smiife, give superglue a try. I was skeptical like you until I tried it. The glue leaves a very fine film on the top and inner edge of the jaws, which comes off very easily. In fact it is easier to...
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    Hi Smiife Yes effectively I glue the jaws to the...

    Hi Smiife
    Yes effectively I glue the jaws to the tenon. I put the glue on the tenon then seat and close the jaws on the glue , or else if the gap between the jaws is big enough run a bead down on to...
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    Forgot to add how in my earlier post. When yo...

    Forgot to add how in my earlier post. When yo have the tenon fitting well just add a bead of glue round the base and clamp the jaws closed. wait 10 min and turn. With the Oneway I clamp the jaws on...
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    With your tenon try using some medium superglue....

    With your tenon try using some medium superglue. It prevents any minute movement when (if) you get a catch that loosens the grip, making the next catch the bad one. It also strengthens the tenon and...
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    Probably for an Open Weave Afgan

    Probably for an Open Weave Afgan
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    Acacia, Syringa(Melia azedarach)is an excellent...

    Acacia, Syringa(Melia azedarach)is an excellent turning wood, also called poor mans oak, heartwod pinkish red ans easy to work.
    You need to get hold of the book just published by Briza ; Southern...
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    thanks, have only used Borax for keeping ants at...

    thanks, have only used Borax for keeping ants at bay in the house.
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    Hi Neil What is this "Boron mix" that you use to...

    Hi Neil
    What is this "Boron mix" that you use to remove the attackers. Could you please elaborate as it sounds useful.
    Richard
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    Hi Bobl, Enjoy it , now you never have to...

    Hi Bobl,
    Enjoy it , now you never have to justify buying new tools. Get two “one for you dear”.
    Gave my wife turning lessons back in 2000 and she took to it like a duck to water.
    One rule we...
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    Hi Acacia; Have managed to identify mZiti . It...

    Hi Acacia; Have managed to identify mZiti . It is False Tambotie ; or Bastard Tamboti ; uMzithi in Zulu Cleisanthus schlecteri and as you say common in Zululand especially on the Makatini flats...
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    Hi Acacia, back at home from seeing the...

    Hi Acacia, back at home from seeing the Namaqualand spring flowers. Send me a PM with your email address, I have a "pile " of old Tungsten Carbide tips with I can mail to you. Regards Richard
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    hi acacia

    I will be away for a few days seeing the Namaqualand wildflowers will contact you then
    Richard hodsdon
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    Spalting

    Acacia have a look at this video by Prof Seri Robinson on Spalting http://youtu.be/PZUir8hWvnI she explains it pretty well. also google her papers on the subject. Richard
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    uMziti

    Hi Acacia, can't place the uMziti tree yet. Sometime the jackalberry tree is referred to as the Crocodile Bark Jackalberry (Diospyros mespiliformis) . There is a natalensis sub specie here in KZN...
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    Hi Acacia

    The timbers we use here in Zululand are obviously Tamboti, Wild Olive and Red Ivory when we get it but the more common are Natal Mahogany (mKuhlu Trichilia Emetica) excellent wood to turn and learn...
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    Location

    Hi Acacia, Are you at Tembe or Ndumu or Kosi. Richard
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    Hi Acacia

    I am a Zululander in Richards Bay where we have a turning club. Meets every 3rd Sat at my workshop. You are more than welcome to join us. Send me a PM and I will let you have all the addresses and...
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    Shopsmith

    Go for it. have had one since 1976 and use it almost daily, now not as a lathe but for woodwork. Used it for years as a lathe, but it needs n\more weight to make it stable so hand a shelf/box from...
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